The Emmett Till Interpretive Center invites the public to a community feedback meeting for the River Till Site Memorial

SUMNER – The Emmett Till Interpretive Center (ETIC) invites members of the Delta community to attend a community input meeting on a private memorial to Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley on Graball Landing, the site of the Tallahatchie River near Sharkey Road where his body may have been pulled from the river in 1955. The meeting will be held Thursday, June 23, 6 p.m., at the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, 158 N. Court St., Sumner. Food will be provided.

The meeting will be an opportunity for the design team to update the community on the planning progress of the memorial and gather feedback on early design ideas, particularly related to the overall scale of the project. This meeting will build on other community input meetings on the project that took place in October 2021 and March 2022. All community members are welcome to attend, regardless of their involvement in previous discussions.

Since early 2021, ETIC has partnered with Belinda Stewart Architects and MASS Design Group to begin planning a memorial at the Tallahatchie River site.

Belinda Stewart Architects restored the Tallahatchie County Courthouse in Sumner and assisted with other historic preservation and memorial projects related to Emmett Till.

MASS Design Group designed the National Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama – the memorial to lynching victims across the United States that was developed with the Equal Justice Initiative.

“Our hope is that this memorial will provide a sacred site of reflection for visitors from across the country to reflect on the tragic murder of Emmett Till – and the impact his murder had on American history and the trajectory of the movement of civil rights,” said Patrick Weems, Executive Director of ETIC. “We hope the memorial can show how our community has grown and come together since the tragedy.”

Questions regarding Thursday’s meeting can be directed to ETIC at 662-483-1231 or [email protected]

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